NEWS
28th April 2017
Weekly grinds will take place as normal this Bank Holiday Monday 1st May in Kill of the Grange National School, Deansgrange.

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29th March 2017
Preparing for the State Examinations can be a stressful process for the entire family. It’s normal for parents to be anxious about how much their son or daughter is working and whether they’ll get the results they need. Parents can, however, play a key role in helping their children cope with exam stress. We’ve outlined some tips […]

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13th March 2017
Every year at The Dublin School of Grinds we run exam-focused Easter Revision Courses. Our courses are designed for students in 6th, 5th and 3rd Year. These comprehensive and specially designed courses are aimed at those in exam years, Leaving and Junior Certificate students. These courses arm students with an extensive and in-depth knowledge of […]

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15th February 2017
A lot of students find the aftermath of the mock exams tough, as pressure begins to mount. Now is the time to develop the right habits which will ease stress and allow you to study in the most effective and productive way. Below you’ll find our top 10 ways to avoid letting stress affect your preparation […]

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23rd January 2017
Further strike action may be taken by second level teachers around the country if the latest proposals from the Department of Education and Skills are rejected. The Central Executive Committee of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) is recommending that its members reject proposals which were drawn up and presented during talks before Christmas […]

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16th January 2017
Weekly grinds re-commence after the Christmas break here at The Dublin School of Grinds from this evening, Monday 16th January. The Dublin School of Grinds provides weekly grinds in a huge range of subjects for students from 1st Year to 6th Year. For more details and to book, click here.

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9th January 2017
Our FREE Christmas Revision Courses continue all this week. Courses are scheduled for the evening time to facilitate students returning to school after the Christmas break. For full details and to book, click here. Weekly grinds re-commence next Monday 16th January. Click here for more information.

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8th December 2016
The State Examinations Commission has announced that the Leaving Certificate Oral Examinations will take place between Monday 27th February and Friday 7th April 2017. Schools in North Dublin City & County and schools in the southern half of the country will have Oral Examinations as follows: Irish between 27th – 31st March and French, German, […]

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2nd December 2016
After late-night mediation talks earlier this week with the Department of Education and Skills, the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) is to convene a special meeting of its 180-strong Central Executive Council on Saturday 3rd December. The committee will consider proposals contained in documents issued by Anna Perry, Chair of the Teachers’ Conciliation Council, […]

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26th October 2016
Some 525 schools across the country are preparing to close on Thursday 27th October, due to strike action by the ASTI. Although last-minute talks are scheduled to take place today, Wednesday 26th October, it now appears overwhelmingly likely that Thursday’s strike – the first of seven strike days between now and December – will go ahead. […]

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13th October 2016
Members of Ireland’s largest second-level teachers’ union have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action up to and including strike action in two ballots, the results of which were announced today. The ASTI’s Central Executive Committee had agreed to ballot members on two separate issues: the issue of pay for newly-qualified teachers; and withdrawal from supervision […]

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11th October 2016
We’re delighted to announce the winner of our 2016 Mini giveaway as Georgia Hart from Clonee, Dublin 15! Georgia entered at our stand at The Irish Times Higher Options show at the RDS in September and her name was drawn at random from the thousands of entries we received. Congratulations and safe motoring Georgia! The […]

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16th September 2016
We’re delighted to announce the launch of our 2016 Mini Giveaway! Here at The Dublin School of Grinds, we have given away a Mini each of the last two years and this year is no different. In 2014 the lucky winner was Michelle O’Mahony from Loreto Beaufort and last year it was Holly McEvoy from Loreto […]

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7th September 2016
The likelihood of schools closing this autumn has increased after the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) announced it is to ballot its members on industrial action. 18,000 teachers – more than half of all second-level teachers in Ireland – are members of the union. The ASTI’s Central Executive Committee agreed to ballot members […]

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18th August 2016
Everyone at The Dublin School of Grinds would like to say a huge “Congratulations and Well Done!” to our Leaving Certificate 2016 students. We’re extremely proud of all our students and we know better than most just how much commitment, effort and enthusiasm is needed to succeed in the State Examinations. Every year, we ask […]

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12th August 2016
The Dublin School of Grinds is delighted to announce that weekly grinds for the 2016/2017 academic year will take place in two new locations, expanding the catchment area for the school. The two new locations are in Deansgrange and Milltown. Note: Our Free Preparation Courses in August and September 2016 will take place, as normal, […]

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18th May 2016
Check out our 7 tips below for ways to make the best use of your study time. 1. Engage with the material Expert tutor Murray Morrison has advice on how to break the traditional pattern of monotonous study: “Old-fashioned techniques like ‘copy, cover, repeat’, or sitting numerous practice papers are not nearly as effective as people think”. […]

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20th April 2016
Figures released by the CAO have shown that Leaving Certificate students with bonus points for sitting the Higher Level Maths examination have a clear advantage when it comes to offers for the most desirable third level courses. The extra 25 CAO points, awarded to students who achieve at least a D grade in their exam, all […]

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6th April 2016
Delegates attending the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland annual convention have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a ballot on industrial action regarding equal pay for newly-qualified teachers. The motion called for a ballot unless the union’s concerns are addressed by the end of August. Lower pay scales introduced by the government during the economic crisis […]

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21st March 2016
The CAO has received a record 76,000 applications this year, with significant increases in numbers of people applying for architecture, engineering, construction and business-related courses. A growing confidence in the economy appears to be the main driver of this jump, with school-leavers banking on continued growth in these industries. This sharp rise in applications means more […]

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9th March 2016
Secondary schools have been given the go-ahead to close for three days to allow training and preparation for incoming Junior Certificate reforms, the Irish Independent reported this week. The closures will take place in the next school year, with outgoing Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan deciding that a single three-day closure would be preferable to […]

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1st March 2016
Between 7th – 10th March, there will be no car access into the school grounds. Students are to use the pedestrian walkways to enter and exit the school. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Many thanks, The Dublin School of Grinds. 

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15th February 2016
The CAO has released important information for applicants, including a list of courses which are not included in its handbook but which can be applied for. Examples include Business Studies, Culinary Science and Games Design. The update also gives details of courses which are listed in the handbook but have now been cancelled. Other miscellaneous alterations to courses, […]

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8th February 2016
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland is due to go ahead with a one-day strike on Wednesday February 24th. The stoppage will see up to 350 schools affected. TUI executives decided on the strike at a meeting last Friday afternoon, citing concerns around the exploitation of newly qualified teachers as the main reason. TUI president Gerry Quinn said […]

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1st February 2016
Relieve the stress of exam preparation with free notes. Today and every day for the next two weeks, we will be uploading free notes to our website. These comprehensive, exam-focused notes have been refined by our teachers – namely, State Examiners, book authors and curriculum advisors. The notes focus solely on the core examinable material. This […]

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1st February 2016
Parents and guardians, please be aware, Gardaí noted that an attempted abduction of a kid took place on the Stillorgan Road last week. We encourage all kids and parents to be vigilant at all times.

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29th January 2016
Considerable points increases in a variety of 3rd level courses are likely this year, as the number of CAO applicants is set to reach a record high. The Irish Times reported this week that current CAO figures show an increase of 2,000 applicants compared to the same time last year. Based on recent trends, this […]

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26th January 2016
Every year at The Dublin School of Grinds we run exam-focused Easter Revision Courses. Our courses are designed for students in 6th, 5th, 3rd and 2nd year. These comprehensive and specially designed courses are aimed at those in exam years, Leaving and Junior Certificate students. These courses arm students with an extensive and in-depth knowledge […]

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13th January 2016
Concern over high drop-out levels means several third-level institutions are considering raising their entry requirements for maths-related courses. The Irish Times revealed this week that up to 80% of students in maths-related courses are failing to progress beyond their first year in college. A spokesman for an Irish institute of technology said disappointing pass rates in […]

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5th January 2016
Our weekly grinds schedule resumes this week here at The Dublin School of Grinds. Welcome back to all our students and we hope you enjoyed the Christmas break. The post-Christmas period is a key time in the academic year. With only 154 days remaining until the exams begin, the preparation, organisation and confidence our grinds provide are critical tools for […]

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25th November 2015
Every year at The Dublin School of Grinds we run free Christmas revision courses for 1st to 6th year students. We welcome students to attend up to three, two-hour courses, valued at €150 We offer these courses free of charge. This is to give students the opportunity to experience the unparalleled exam preparation delivered by […]

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23rd November 2015
Over the past number of months the Department of Education has been in talks over the future of IT in National schools. In light of these talks, the Government has just launched the National Digital Strategy for Schools, a five-year plan from 2015 to 2020. The primary goals of the new strategy are: Dedicated multi-annual […]

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16th November 2015
Major news as it has been announced that a new subject, Politics and Society, will be introduced into the Leaving Cert syllabus from next year. Fifth year students will begin studying the subject from 2016 onwards, with Leaving Cert points being awarded for the first time in 2018. According to the National Council for Curriculum […]

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11th November 2015
Over the coming weeks and months, third level educational facilities across Ireland will be opening their doors to prospective students. Open days are a valuable way to gain an insight into student life at a particular college. Many students focus on the facts and figures of the courses on offer, without considering or experiencing what […]

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5th November 2015
From today, applicants can register to apply for the CAO online and begin entering their personal details and course choices. The form is very simple to complete. Indeed the most difficult part of completing it is deciding the courses for which to apply, and in what order. The online form could be considered a file, which […]

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29th October 2015
Second-level schools across the country face strikes over mounting opposition from teachers over new pay levels. Some teachers could lose up to €6,700 in lost increments, it has been claimed. The ASTI has threatened that school closures may go ahead at the start of the next academic year because of an escalating dispute, relating to […]

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16th October 2015
The winner of the Mini giveaway has been chosen! Congratulations to Holly McEvoy from Bray.  Holly provided her details at The Irish Times Higher Options Exhibition at the RDS last month, so we decided to play a trick on her to give her the surprise of her life! Check out the video below….

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12th October 2015
Q. My son would like to study medicine, and is likely to do well in his Leaving Cert, but the Hpat is an unknown quantity for us. I know there has been some controversy about it. How do you score well in the Hpat? Are there tricks and tips? Does practice help? Do we need to […]

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7th October 2015
The results of the Leaving Certificate appeals are in: There were a total of 1,822 upgrades and just 5 downgrades. 5,660 candidates had sought a recheck against 9,089 individual grades. It is likely to result in new college offers now being issued to a few hundred candidates. Such students are entitled to take up those places, but […]

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24th September 2015
ASTI members have rejected junior cycle reform while TUI members have voted in favour of the proposed changes by the Department of Education. Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland voted 55% against and 45% in favour of the proposals. It constitutes a major setback to the Government plans for the reforms. The union had […]

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23rd September 2015
At The Dublin School of Grinds we are constantly looking for ways to help our students achieve their full potential. To help accomplish this goal, we are running study skills courses. These courses arm students with the skills to effectively revise, and retain all the content that they have learned. Developing and implementing these skills early in the […]

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18th September 2015
Win a Mini with The Dublin School of Grinds! To be in with a chance to win this amazing Mini, you must be one of our Facebook Fans [new fans accepted] or enter at our stand at the Irish Times Higher Options Exhibition at The RDS this week. The winner of this giveaway will be announced on […]

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15th September 2015
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has warned that the use of technology in schools may be doing more harm than good. In a study of education systems in more than 30 countries, it found students who use computers very frequently at school do “a lot worse” academically than students who use them moderately. […]

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8th September 2015
By Chris Johns, Irish Times. Somebody had the bright idea, in 2000, to review the Leaving Certificate economics syllabus. No doubt this was motivated in part by the fact that not much had changed since the subject was introduced in 1969. By that I mean there hadn’t been much change to the syllabus; economics, of course, […]

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20th August 2015
By Claire Murphy, Herald.ie Students could build up points for physical activity in their Leaving if the new measures are brought through. The minister said she wants to encourage students to be involved in physical activity right through their school years. “I’ve asked for the curriculum to be looked at in terms of making PE […]

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18th August 2015
If you have just received your Leaving Certificate results, here are some important dates to keep note of: *HEIs: Higher Educational Institutes

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17th August 2015
By Joe Humphreys, Irish Times: The number of degree courses requiring 500 points or more has jumped by more than 25 per cent in this year’s Central Applications Office (CAO) listings. Business studies, engineering and law are among the biggest movers, while points for science were up at all universities with the exception of UCD […]

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13th August 2015
We are delighted to announce that our administration team has moved to a new office in the 2nd Floor Penthouse Suite of The Priory, Stillorgan. This landmark building on the N11 is just metres away from our Learning Centre at Oatlands, where grinds take place.   NOTE: Grinds do not take place in this building. […]

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13th August 2015
Certain colleges are holding Mathematics examinations for applicants who have expressed an interest in any of their programmes that require certain minimum levels of performance in Mathematics. The purpose of these examinations is to provide such applicants with a “second chance” opportunity to achieve these minimum Mathematics entry requirements. For those interested in attending Maynooth University, […]

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7th August 2015
Do you reckon you’ve got what it takes to be a top football manager? The Premiership Fantasy Football game is back and students can join The Dublin School of Grinds’ league free of charge. The winning player will win a voucher worth €980. To enter, simply visit http://fantasy.premierleague.com/my-leagues/, make your way to the Fantasy Football section […]

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7th August 2015
By Emma Jane Hade, Irish Independent: More than 150 examiners have been sacked by the State Examinations Commission in recent years for breaking strict rules for assessing school exams. Over the last five years, 156 examiners who were found to have been in breach of the State Examinations Commission (SEC) protocol when correcting the Junior […]

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7th August 2015
By Joe Humphreys, Irish Times: The State Examinations Commission (SEC) has adjusted its marking scheme for one of the Leaving Cert ordinary-level mathematics papers after concerns were raised by students, parents and even Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan. The first maths paper in the exam last June drew criticism from maths teachers who […]

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21st July 2015
The school has announced its dates for the next academic year’s HPAT courses. 2-Day Workshop Course Details (Note: The course is a 2-day course, and students attend both days): Dates: September 12th & 13th, 9:00am – 4:00pm October 24th & 25th, 8:00am – 3:00pm January 16th & 17th, 9:00am – 4:00pm Location: Our Learning Centre, […]

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20th July 2015
From 16th to 18th of September, we will be at the RDS for the annual Irish Times Higher Options Exhibition. The event is one of Ireland’s biggest student events, and has become an annual fixture on the education calendar. Over 160 colleges, universities and institutes of further education are expected to take part in this […]

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16th July 2015
Out with the A, B, C and in with the 1,2,3! A new points scale for entry to third-level courses will be published in September under what has been described by the Department of Education as the most significant reform of Leaving Cert grades and the CAO regime in more than two decades. The reforms […]

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14th July 2015
By Joe Humphreys, Irish Times: Students entering third-level are at increased risk of failing courses with a maths module, according to a study that casts doubt on the merits of the new Leaving Cert maths syllabus. Researchers at University of Limerick found the mathematical ability of students entering higher education declined significantly in the period […]

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